The Lighthouse Girl | Regional Tour
A courageous story of one young girls’ drive and dedication to support the war effort.
The Lighthouse Girl
By Hellie Turner, based on the novels by Dianne Wolfer.
17 Apr — 5 May 2018
Black Swan is thrilled to announce that The Lighthouse Girl, which enjoyed sell out world premiere seasons in both Albany and Perth in 2017, is set to tour to regional Western Australia in April and May this year.
The Lighthouse Girl is a unique Western Australian ANZAC story, adapted by WA writer Hellie Turner, from the novels Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy by Albany author, Dianne Wolfer. It is an evocatively written play, which embodies a powerful and truthful sense of a pivotal time in Australia’s development as a nation. This tour will form part of commemorations in the final year of The Centenary of Anzac (2014 to 2018), marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War.
Fay, a sweet young girl, lives an isolated life with her lighthouse keeper father on the bleak, windswept Breaksea Island in the Great Southern region of WA. With the outbreak of war in 1914, Fay ﬁnds purpose in transcribing Morse code messages from soldiers stationed off shore, becoming their last hope of getting messages to their loved ones before heading to the front line. On the other side of the country in rural Victoria, Charlie and his best mate Jim abandon the outback for the excitement and adventure of seeing the world. As soldiers in the Light Horse Brigade, they quickly discover the brutal realities of life on the front line.
This gentle play entwines the lives of Fay and Charlie and brings to life the stories of those left at home during the war waiting, wondering, hoping… and the struggles of the young men who valiantly enlisted to help defend their country. Based on Albany author Dianne Wolfer’s wonderful novels Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy, this evocatively written play embodies a powerful and truthful sense of a pivotal time in Australia’s development as a nation.
The Lighthouse Girl will be touring to Esperance Civic Centre, Albany Entertainment Centre, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Cummins Theatre-Merredin, Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema- Port Hedland, Red Earth Arts Precinct-Karratha and Broome Civic Centre. These venues cover the Great Southern, Kimberley, Goldfields, Pilbara, Peel and Wheatbelt regions of WA. Booking details below.
This project is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest and the Royalties for Regions program.
The Lighthouse Girl was originally developed as a Rio Tinto Black Swan co-commission in association with Albany Entertainment Centre.
The world premiere season was made possible with the support of: Rio Tinto, Wesfarmers Arts, Department of Culture and the Arts, Australia Council, Department of Communications and the Arts and the Patrons Club Giving Circle.
Warning Some mild language, mild descriptions of war scenarios
Suitability Family, ages 10+